Who was Lina Morgana and what was her relationship to Lady Gaga?

Yasmine Leung July 20, 2022
Who was Lina Morgana and what was her relationship to Lady Gaga?
Photo by Marco Piraccini/Archivio Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Featured

Singer Lina Morgana passed away in 2008 but her death still remains a mystery. Strangely, she still gets linked to Lady Gaga.

Interest in true crime documentaries are currently at an all-time high, with Netflix pumping out investigations on cases such as The Burari Deaths in India, and MrBallen’s podcast hitting number one on Spotify.

One death that has circulated the internet for 14 years but received minimal media attention was Lina Morgana. She was an up-and-coming singer who rubbed shoulders with Lady Gaga.

Although reports claimed she passed away due to apparent suicide, readers remain puzzled on why her death never gained mass media attention. There was some exception of local coverage which didn’t reveal her identity.

Photo by Marco Piraccini/Archivio Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Who was Lina Morgana?

Reportedly born 11 January 1989, Morgana was an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Staten Island, New York. She was of Russian descent and her divorced parents were supportive of her career path.

The then-19-year-old had her foot in the door through record producer Rob Fusari. He had worked with the likes of Destiny Child and Whitney Houston.

Less than two months later on 4 October 2008, it was reported Morgana had jumped from the roof of Staten Island Hotel, Graniteville. According to SILive, she was taken to hospital in grave condition and later passed away.

Morgana’s mother, Yana, was involved in a legal battle with the hotel. She accused them of wrongful death, as noted in the document published by Casetext. However, information on the case is not available after 2011. There is no public record of whether it was dropped or reached a conclusion.

One alleged family member claimed that they didn’t believe the published cause of death.

“I can tell you one thing right now: we, Lina’s family, do not believe that she had an intention to die. We, as a family, do not believe that Lina committed suicide,” her aunt wrote on Lina Morgana’s website.

The teen had recorded at least 24 songs and was set to release an album, but it never materialised.

Why is she linked to Lady Gaga?

Lady Gaga was eventually scouted by Fusari, who she dated reportedly for seven months.

Before her big break, Gaga – real name Stefani Germanotta – served as Morgana’s backup singer and co-writer. They allegedly created at least 10 songs, but only one was officially released under Morgana’s name, titled Wunderland.

As we know, however, it was Mother Monster who subsequently shot to fame with debut album The Fame, in August 2008.

Lady Gaga’s talent scout won $7.3 million for discovering her

Wendy Starland, now a singer-songwriter, won her $7.3 million lawsuit against Fusari in 2014. Starland claims that he broke their 2005 deal to compensate her for scouting an “edge and bold” talent, writes The Guardian. That star turned out to be Lady Gaga.

Telling Billboard, the 41-year-old said her mission was to find “the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes.” 

“I had attended about 50 live performances and searched for countless hours online before finding an artist who fit the bill. I only brought Rob Fusari one artist for us to work with…and that artist became Lady Gaga,” she continued.

If you are affected by any issues raised in the article or would like someone to speak to, please call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. You can also email them at [email protected] or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch in the UK. In the US, please visit Samaritans USA for more information.

You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to get in touch with the Crisis Text Line.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
Yasmine Leung is a full-time writer at GRV Media. Having entered the company as a freelancer in 2020 during her BA (Hons) Anthropology and Media degree at Goldsmiths, University Of London, the first-class graduate works across the company's several sites, including HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus, and Forever Geek. Her content ranges from social media trends and K-Pop news, to interviews with TikTok stars, such as Brody Wellmaker. She is, however, most glad her knowledge of the Kardashians has finally come in handy for GRV’s Audience team. You'll also find her scrolling on Instagram searching for the latest celeb updates for her next piece.